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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care, Human Services, Transportation Assistance

Mission: The mission of Angel Flight West is to arrange FREE air transportation in response to health care and other compelling human needs.

Results: Angel Flight West will be flying its 50,000 mission in 2011. Started in 1983, in our first full year of operation we flew 12 missions.

Target demographics: Those who need to get from where they are to where they need to be for compelling reasons in the western United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6500 flights arranged annually.

Programs: Angel flight west's network of 1,878 volunteer pilots, including 1,085 command pilots, donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical or geographic limitations. There is never a charge for an angel flight west mission. In 2014, afw arranged 6,011 flights and flew 3,882 flights.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alicia Anne D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flights helped my father when he was fighting his cancer. From Tampa to MD Anderson many times. He was able to survive for many years with the help of Angel Flights. I am proud to have been the one that recommended it. Thank you....

Alicia Drennan

Client Served

Rating: 5

i live 300 miles north of san francisco & we have no gynecological oncologist up here. so since i was diagnosed with a persistent ovarian cancer 5 years ago, i have had to make many trips to get surgery & see the specialist & get scans, etc. being poor makes this an almost insurmountable problem. then in my gyncancer support group i learned about angel flight! trips to SF are now an adventure & i've met so many kind & interesting pilots.
one time my request had generated no offers of a flite, so i had bought a greyhound ticket. then early that morning, pilot tom tessier called me to say he'd seen my request with no response, & to offer to fly me down himself! he rearranged his work schedule & spent a big chunk of his day to get me to my doctor, there's dedication & compassion! (greyhound tickets are good for a year, i'll use it some other time)
when i tell people about angel flight, they have a hard time believing it! obviously these guys love to fly, but angel flight pilots practice a generosity too seldom encountered.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight West was, quite literally, a life saver for my husband. He had a brain cancer that could not be treated in state, and AFW (a part of Mercy Medical Airlift) made sure that he could get to those treatments. Without this wonderful team we could never have afforded to get him the treatment he needed, and they always came through. 

After over thirty flights, three surgeries, and countless treatments, my husband did succumb to the cancer earlier this year. AFW increased his quality of life, quantity of life, and gave both of us great relief to not have to worry about transportation. I will always hold Angel Flight West in my heart as an extended family--always ready to help when needed. 

I have great memories of talking with the pilots, reminiscing, comparing geology and landmarks as we flew, and overall escaping from the stresses of life-threatening illness. The pilots were always welcoming, never judgemental. 

Angel Flight Westt: wonderful staff, excellent pilots, and a source of compassionate hope for families desperately in need of transportation to medical help. 

Teri D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last year AFW flew my daughter and granddaughter to CA from AZ several time for life saving treatment. This year they continue to help children with cancer in AZ get to CA for care. They planes provide an additional bonus in that they are private planes vs. commercial. You are not afraid to fly AFW with a child who has a compromised immune system. Thanks to the entire staff for servicing the state of AZ. Teri Dornhecker Director Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. My granddaughter has Retinoblastoma. Eye cancer in both eyes. She is only 7 months old and doing multi-state travel for treatment. AFW has been taking her and my daughter to and from treatment monthly and it has been a blessing. Money as everyone with cancer knows is tight. To have this service available is a God sent. The best part is with chemo your immune system is compromised and with AFW being private planes we do not have to put Evie on a commercial flight with the risk of others being Ill. They are so generous and helpful. They don't even let my daughter carry her luggage. They treat us like we are the ones doing them a favor, not the other way around. Thank you so much for serving our community.

Nancynancy911

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience. All the volunteers are so caring and were able to coordinate my flight from Fresno to Oakland so I could have spine surgery at UCSF Spine Center in a matter of just a few days. They even coordinated a ride to the BAART station in Oakland. This plane ride was so much fun for me. It felt like the frosting on the cake and was just a taste of my new abilities after surgery to treat scoliosis. My surgery has been life changing. I can now walk a mile if I want and I can stand long enough to cook dinner.. I could not afford to fly myself and driving was not an option either so AFW was a blessing that came in the nick of time, as I had cancelled surgery twice. And they would have flown me home if not for the change in my discharge plans. Thanks to Angel Flights West for making it possible for me to now be considering what I want to do with the rest of my life after 10 years of being disabled. I am amazed by what I am able to do now. Angel Flights West filled in the last blank in my list of needs in order to have the surgery that has changed my life. THANK YOU ALL AT ANGEL FLIGHTS AND IM GLAD TO BE ABLE TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT THEM.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having family members that have lost their battle to cancer I have seen how difficult and bumpy the road can become in that fight. Without organizations like Angel Flight it would have become impossible to get the all the treatments and appointments along the way. Their compassion and ability to fly in and out of smaller and larger airports creates an entirely new world of options for those in need. My family is truely grateful for all they do!

Review from Guidestar

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angel Flight is the most incredible organization. Our daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was nine months old. We live in Utah but the specialist she needed to see is in Los Angeles. Angel Flight pilots flew us to and from appts every four weeks for two years, then still provided flights for followup care for another two years. The pilots are so compassionate and giving... some flew us so many times they became like family. We didn't have to pay anything for the transportation and were able to get our daughter the treatment she needed. Thank you Angel Flight West for all you do - this is a wonderful organization to donate to.

Review from Guidestar

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has had a LONG fight with cancer and without Angel Flight West helping us to get from Idaho to California to see the specialized oncologist we need, it would have been extremely hard financially and emotionally. Everyone we have come into contact with from the folks in Santa Monica fo scheduling and each and every pilot we have had the honor of flying with have all been fantastic. For all that you do, our family appreciates you. Thank You!!!

Review from Guidestar